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Vikramsila

Vikramsila is famous for being one of the chief and most important centres of Tantric Buddhism in the 8th century AD, although a direct relation between Vikramsila and Lord Buddha cannot be pointed out. Vikramsila in Bihar is located at a distance of more or less 40 km from the city of Bhagalpur. The renowned Vikramsila University which is the key education, intellectual and learning place is found here.

Origin of Vikramsila University :

This university in Vikramsila was build under the aid of the Pala king – Dharmapala who is also known as Paramasaugata- the connotation being the key worshipper of Buddha. He was a big follower of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. It is said that roughly 108 temples were build around a huge temple which was build in the centre of the university. It is also said that 53 temples out of these were committed to the study of the Guhyasamaja Tantra. An actual size copy of the Mahabodhi tree also beautified the centre of the university.

The Site of Vikramsila :

Two beautiful statues stand at the main entrance of this Buddhist site in Bihar the temple. One is the statue of Nagarjuna and the other of the great scholar of the Vikramsila University – Atisa Dipankar. Vikramsila in Bihar was one of the biggest universities housing more than hundred teachers and thousands of students. This university had the reputation of turning out reputed scholars who were then called by foreign countries to propagate Buddhist tradition, culture and learning.

A big square monastery with a stupa in the centre, a library building, and a bunch stupas were found through thorough excavation carried out by Patna University and later by the Archaeological Survey of India. A Hindu and Tibetan temple has also been found among the scattered structures. Several articles of different materials found from this place while excavating are put up and displayed in a museum taken care by the Archaeological Survey of India.